Conversations with the Artist: Joshua Tan and Darrell Ang

SSO Principal Percussionist Jon Fox switches his drumsticks for a mic in a new SSOPlayOn! series. In Conversations with the Artist Jon hosts video conversations with artists from across the music world. Jon's guests this week are SSO Associate Conductor, Joshua Tan, and Artistic Director/ Chief Conductor of The Sichuan Orchestra of China, Darrell Ang.

Joshua Tan is presently Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Second Prize winner of the 2008 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition, Singaporean conductor Joshua Tan’s rise to prominence on the international scene has been marked by recent successful debuts in Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Mariinsky Hall, Bunkamura, Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. Joshua was featured as the top Singaporean musical talent to watch for in 2009 by the Singapore newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao. He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship, SSO/MOE Scholarship and is the first ever recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize from the Juilliard School for outstanding achievement. In 2011, he received the Young Artist Award of Singapore.

Artistic Director/ Chief Conductor of The Sichuan Orchestra of China (Sichuan Symphony Orchestra) since December 2016, Darrell Ang is a Grammy-nominated conductor and regular guest with some of the world's major orchestras. Just last year, he opened the London Philharmonic's season at Eastbourne, conducted Paris' Orchestre de Lamoureux at the Théâtre du Champs-Elysées and made his début with the Japan Philharmonic. He also took the Thüringen Philharmonie on tour through Germany and Belgium, conducted Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra at China's celebratory "70th Anniversary of the Founding of New China" concert, took the Sichuan orchestra on tour through China and performed at the televised League of West China Orchestras Convention, and released several albums on the NAXOS label to rave reviews from international press and critics.